NY Times Article Supports SS Education in Powerful Tone

  In Ignorance We Trust By TIMOTHY EGAN   A packet of letters arrived the other day from the honors English class at St. Lawrence School in Brasher Falls, N.Y. Snail mail, from high school sophomores? Yes, and honest, witty and insightful snail mail at that. They had been forced to read a book of mine. […]

Generation Citizen Day at State House

December 12, 2012 – a day that was unique for many reasons, one being that it was Generation Citizen Day at the State House in Massachusetts. 300+ students gathered in the Great Hall of Flags in 2 different sessions to showcase their projects, discuss with judges their research work, plans, and reasons that the problems […]

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

By Sue Keane Massachusetts State Coordinator for Geography Awareness Week GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK (GAW) was celebrated from November 11th to the 17th.  This year’s theme is “Declare Your Interdependence!”  The National Geographic Society has created activities, lesson plans, and resource materials for educators at http://www.geographyawarenessweek.org to explore “the idea that individuals are connected to the […]

NCSS Seattle Conference Summary: Huge Success!

    The 2012 National Conference of NCSS held in Seattle, Washington was a powerful and multi-faceted professional gathering held November 15-18 at the Washington State Conference Center. The diversity of clinics and workshops offered was impressive, with something for every level and every area of the Social Studies. However, there were specific highlights that […]

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is stunning

I always told my students that ‘History happened to people’ – I did not want them to lose sight of the fact that as we studied History, whether World, US, or regional, we were looking at real people who were just like we were. Silly, tired, angry, happy, depressed, optimistic, pessimistic…all of the above and […]

Open Letter to School Superintendents

The following letter was emailed to superintendents and assistant superintendents throughout the state this past August.   Dear                  ,   It is that time of year again, the most exciting time for all educators…the start of another academic year. The energy and enthusiasm runs throughout the system, […]

Address to DESE Board, Sept. 2012

September 25, 2012   To: DESE Board From: Norm Shacochis, President, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS = MassCouncil)     Over the summer months, when many teachers take the opportunity to travel, hit the beach, or simply escape the constant work of the classroom, there was a group of Social Studies teachers (and […]